For years, the German car maker has offered a range of driver training courses to suit all skill levels. But this year, it’s shaken things up by restructuring its Aussie programs and offering overseas tours for a more lifestyle-based experience.
The program’s entire fleet has been updated too, now consisting purely of Audi Sport models including RS3, RS5, RS6 and TT RSs, which are used for the new entry-level Dynamic program — while those opting for the more advanced Sport Pro experience get to drive V10-powered R8s in a smaller group setting.
Both the Dynamic and Sport Pro driving experiences are covered off in one day, costing $1250 and $3500 respectively.
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Audi says a Race program is still being finalised, which is set to use the R8 LMS race car and limited to just three people per day, incurring a cost of around $6800 per person.
It might sound like a decent investment, and at your disposal for the day are Audi’s finest high-performance vehicles as well as professional race car drivers as instructors including Tony D’Alberto, Chris Pither, Dean Canto, Luke Youlden and more.
But, according to Audi’s chief driving instructor, Steve Pizzati, people are looking for more than just driver training skills from these kinds of days, which is why Audi Australia is concentrating on providing memorable experiences as well as life-long skills.
“In your busy year of work, its nice to be able to have something circled on the calendar for you to look forward to,” he says.
“These types of days have become that.”
So, for those looking to mix driver training with the finer things in life, like travel and pleasure, Audi is offering an all-new experience, running for the very first time in June 2019.
Like its other programs, the Audi R8 Spyder European Tour is open to everyone, even non-Audi customers and consists of a five day tour spanning Germany, Austria and Italy in the drop-top version of Audi’s R8 sports car.
The tour promises “spectacular views of Europe’s breathtaking landscapes as you pass between the foothills of the Bavarian Alps and the snow-covered peaks of the Central Alps”.
Priced at $7,250, the tour includes one day of driver training in Neuburg, followed by four days of driving and sight-seeing for a more lifestyle-based experience, and one, Pizzati says, has much more focus on ‘things other than driver training’ — all you have to do is book your flights, and Audi will organise the rest.
Audi’s Australian driving experiences will make a return to Perth in 2019 at Barbagallo Raceway, as well as continuing to offer courses at Sydney Motorsport Park, Phillip Island, Sandown Raceway, The Bend in South Australia and Queensland’s Mount Cotton Driving Centre.
It will also continue to run its Women’s driving experience days and Ice driving programs in Austria, as well as introducing a new summer program called the Alpine Tour, which it is yet to fully detail.